alexa Surgical treatment of intercostal hernia with implantation of polypropylene mesh.


Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

Author(s): Szentkereszty Z, Boros M, Spy P, Kiss SS

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Abstract The intercostal hernia of the lung is a very rare extraordinary disease that requires operation because of the complaints and potential complications. The authors review cases of their operations and analyze the subsequence and treatment. Three patients have been treated for intercostal lung hernia in our treatment. The causes of this disease were a previous thoracotomy in one case and fits of coughing in the other two cases. The diagnosis was set up on the grounds of the specific clinical symptoms, thoracic X-ray and CT scan. The hernia was dissolved with percostal stitches and with the suture of the thoracic musculature in two cases. Plastic operation of the thoracic wall by implanting a polypropylene surgical mesh (Prolen, Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson) was performed in the case of the third patient and later in the first two patients due to recrudescence. In one case the authors were constrained to resect the dystelectasial lung in the hernial sac. The three patients had been operated five times. Relapse of hernia was detected in two patients, in whom the intercostal space had been reconstructed with percostal stitches. We did not detect any relapsing in those two patients at 33 and 66 months after the second operation with mesh implantation. The third patient who got mesh implant immediately did not relapse 12 months after the operation. Intercostal lung hernia is an indication of operation. A plastic operation of the thoracic wall combined with the implantation of a surgical mesh is recommended to close the hernial orifice, which is suitable for treating both primary and relapsed hernias. Recurrence is rare in those patients treated with this method. This article was published in Hernia and referenced in Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

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